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Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

Where to stay in Okinawa

Top Hotels in Okinawa

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is NT$1,692 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21

This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,028 reviews)

"the breakfast was very good, and the room was also pretty nice with a big bathtub."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/10

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is NT$10,970 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (477 reviews)

"As an Expedia Gold member, the hotel gave me a room upgrade. The hotel was only 1 year old so it's good as new. The staff were accommodating and friendly. The concierge services was good. I enjoyed all the amenities especially the turndown service every night where they prepare hotel pajamas and ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/30

Halekulani Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$2,789 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Located in Mihama, this hotel is steps from Depot Island, American Village, and Sunset Beach. Chatan Park and Araha Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,011 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay here 😊 The staff are nice, the room is clean. We have what we all needed 😊"…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/18

Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Okinawa

Hotel Sunset Hill
Hotel Sunset Hill
3.5 out of 5
1327-3 Nakadomari, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$3,031 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from PGM Golf Resort Okinawa and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Tiger Beach. Ryukyu Mura and Blue Cave are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (61 reviews)
Great seaview

"The hotel is extremely difficult to locate for me! The gps said turn right but it’s not possible as it’s not allow in reality! There was a sign board somewhere after u pass by the hotel, however, u will not notice during the night time! Having said that, the hotel has a supreme view view and it’s ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/16

Hotel Sunset Hill
Mr.KINJO in SERAGAKI
Mr.KINJO in SERAGAKI
3 out of 5
706-15 Serakaki, Onna, Okinawa
The price is NT$809 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cape Manza. Nabee Beach and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (40 reviews)

"Nice,Cosy and comfortable and quiet; had the “ocean view” which was about 500m away;"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/22

Mr.KINJO in SERAGAKI
Emi Full Resort
Emi Full Resort
3 out of 5
Kuwae 130-1 Nakagami-Gun, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is NT$1,226 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in the heart of Chatan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of American Village and US Naval Hospital Okinawa. Depot Island and Sunset ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"I stayed at this apartment Complex for approximately 4 nights. Overall my stay was comfortable. It’s an apartment (not a hotel), suitable if you plan on cooking your meals etc., and you require No service. The location is ideal if you’re going to Chatan’s American Village - walking distance, so there ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/2

Emi Full Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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